In a statement, the lawmakers, led by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), co-chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, stated it was a “clear cut case for censure” and that it was “beyond the pale” for Gosar to make use of his official congressional assets to additional violence towards elected officers.
“As the events of January 6 have shown, such vicious and vulgar messaging can and does foment actual violence,” the joint assertion stated.
“Violence against women in politics is a global phenomenon meant to silence women and discourage them from seeking positions of authority and participating in public life, with women of color disproportionately impacted. Minority Leader [Kevin] McCarthy’s silence is tacit approval and just as dangerous.”
The members stated they plan to introduce the decision on Friday.
Gosar, who has been linked to the planning of the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol, tweeted the video on Sunday, prompting condemnation from colleagues, the general public and the White House this week.
It has since been faraway from Twitter. On Tuesday, Gosar launched an announcement defending his actions, calling the backlash a “gross mischaracterization” of the clip and arguing that “It is a symbolic cartoon. It is not real life.”
He stated it was not meant to espouse violence and represented “a symbolic portrayal of a fight over immigration policy.”
Despite strain to take motion, McCarthy has remained silent. The minority chief has resisted calls to sentence Gosar previously for his ties to white nationalists.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) proposed an investigation by the House Ethics Committee and federal regulation enforcement.